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Republicans want more GOP women in office. Good luck with that.

The Republican Party, finally noticing a lack of lawmakers in their ranks with two X chromosomes, apparently is trying to elect more GOP women to Congress and state legislatures in 2020. Actually, let’s restate that: Republican women are trying to elect more GOP women. The response from the the male leaders and the party as […]

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How many voters are Republicans willing to lose over guns?

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and too many Republicans are showing their continued allegiance to a weakened National Rifle Association by refusing to consider meaningful gun safety laws. But they could pay a stiff price in the next election. Immediately after the weekend of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, which killed 31 people and […]

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Forget polls. What will Democrats eat and what policies will they tout at the Iowa State Fair?

For presidential hopefuls, the food stands at the Iowa State Fair are as obligatory a campaign stop as making a speech at the Des Moines Register Soap Box. What candidates eat could count as much as the policies. Speeches are fine, but what really gets a candidate’s mug on TV are shots of them chowing […]

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Ignore conservatives’ advice on how to pick the Democratic presidential nominee

Spare us from supposedly well-meaning conservative pundits telling the world whom the Democratic Party must — and must not — nominate for president. They’re out of step with the times. It’s still more than six months until the first votes in the Iowa caucuses, a year before the Democratic National Convention, and nearly 16 months […]

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Of course Trump’s tweets were racist. But they’re a losing proposition in the long run

Donald Trump’s tweetstorm telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to the “crime-infested and corrupt” countries they came from reflected the kind of racism he espoused during his campaign and throughout his presidency. He’s planning to double down on that racism to try to win reelection, and immediate polls showed that his standing […]

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GOP’s new methods of ratf**king: spreading lies online via social media

Republicans are showing how scared they are of losing the 2020 election by returning to one of their tried-and-true forms of spreading disinformation and resorting to dirty electoral tricks — ratfucking. The danger is that employing those dirty tricks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere gives their lies a wider audience, as it did in […]

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Democratic debates showcase a new rising star: Kamala Harris

With the first two Democratic debates finished, political pundits everywhere are issuing the usual “who won” and “who lost” evaluations. But there was one winner who rose above the rest — Kamala Harris. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came through with her usual “I have a plan for that” workmanship. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary […]

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The risk Democrats take in not impeaching Trump

Every day, Donald Trump shows the American people why he’s not fit to be president, and his most recent remarks about his willingness to accept help from a foreign adversary to win an election is just the latest example. In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump said he wouldn’t bother to call the […]

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#ClimateChange emerges as top issue for Democrats in 2020

We’ve come a long way from “It’s the economy, stupid.” A new CNN poll conducted by research firm SSRS shows that 96 percent of registered Democrats list climate change as a very or somewhat important issue when evaluating potential presidential candidates. If the 2018 midterm election was about health care, 2020 may hinge on what […]

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#Election2020: Who’s got policies? Who’s got platitudes?

With some 19 Democratic presidential candidates and counting, it’s hard to keep track of who stands for what: which candidates have developed policy expertise and proposals on which issues, and which ones sound good but still keep talking in generalities. For most candidates, there’s no shortage of policy positions. A Think Progress piece argues that […]

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